Ayotte: 'Immigration System Is Broken,' Backs Reform Bill
Brings key GOP support to Gang of Eight measure
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
Sen. Kelly Ayotte talks on CBS's Face the Nation in Washington. Ayotte said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system, which she said is broken and needs to be fixed.   (AP Photo/NBC News, Chris Usher)

(Newser) – Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte has announced her support for the Senate immigration reform bill, bringing the measure one vote closer to the 60-vote majority needed to avoid a filibuster. "Our immigration system is completely broken; we've got 11 million people living in this country illegally and in the shadows. We have a legal immigration system that isn't meeting our needs to grow the economy," Ayotte told Face the Nation, as per CBS. "And so I looked at this carefully, this is a thoughtful bipartisan solution to a tough problem and so that's why I'm going to support it."

With her support, Ayotte joins the four GOP senators who helped write the bill. Republican Orrin Hatch voted for the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but says he will only support it again if more amendments are made, reports the Washington Post. If Hatch gets on board, and all 54 members of the Democratic caucus support the measure, it will hit the magic 60. But that's a big "if"—so far, not every Democrat supports the bill, reports ABC News.

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Jun 10, 2013 8:11 AM CDT
Anything short of 100% deportation is unacceptable. Illegal aliens are criminals and we cannot ever reward criminals for breaking the law!
Jun 10, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
Secure the Borders first! Then change our immigration laws to mirror that of Mexico's: http://www.humanevents.com/2006/05/08/mexicos-immigration-law-lets-try-it-here-at-home/ Maybe then we can start cleaning up some of this mess!
Jun 9, 2013 11:41 PM CDT
Border security is broken and has been for 50 years. The great compromise between Reagan and Tip Oneal was supposed to fix that but the Dems lied and reneged on the deal after Reagan kept his side and signed off on tax increases. It was a great betrayal that has NOT been forgotten and is the topic of every back room deal. The general attitude among the Tea Party is that the Dems still cannot be trusted to even invoke the legally mandated border security of this law. So in essence, the bill is DOA in the House. The fix is for the Dems to seal the borders tighter than anything ever seen on this planet and start deporting criminals and other trouble makers by the bus load without any further prodding or laws. Then after a few years when that becomes the norm and routine, we MIGHT can trust them enough with what they want. Everybody that thinks the Dems will do this raise your hand. yep thats me too.